James Cooper Jr. cements legacy as Harlem wins first NIC-10 championship since ’97

High School Football

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The Harlem Huskies completed the school’s first undefeated season in high school football Friday night and wrapped up the NIC-10 championship by dominating Rockford East 48-8. It’s the Huskies’ first NIC-10 championship since 1997. They finished the season 6-0.

James Cooper Jr. capped off his record-setting career at Harlem by throwing five touchdown passes. Two each to Dominic McCarren and Dezzion Jordan and one to Lezerrick Ishmon. Adrian Palos ran for a pair of touchdowns and junior linebacker Reid Foster has the biggest play of the night on defense by picking off a pass right before halftime and making a big return to set up another Harlem touchdown.

Harlem’s defense completely shutdown East’s strong run game until late in the fourth quarter when East running back C.J. Berry managed to break free for a 39 yard touchdown for the E-Rabs only touchdown of the night.

Harlem led 27-0 at halftime and boosted that margin to 41-0 in the third quarter leading to a running clock.

East finished the season with a 4-2 record. The E-Rabs were champions of Division ‘B’ of the NIC-10. The Huskies were champions of Division ‘A’.

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